Raw was quite an interesting show last night. As this was the go-home show for the red brand before the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, a lot of storylines progressed further.
Tonight's show did have its share of good moments, but there was some unnecessary drama as well. Here are few of my thoughts from last night's show.
1. There was finally a feud building up in the Divas division. With Beth Phoenix slowly running out of any competitors, Tamina Snuka (all of a sudden the WWE decided to use her last name) has stepped up to the plate.
Yesterday evening, it was made official that she will take on Beth for the Divas' Title at Elimination Chamber. While this is just to bide time until Kharma finally shows up again, anything is better than to endure another one of those Bella twins-Kelly Kelly matches.
2. John Cena came this close to turning heel again. He left us all the more frustrated when he didn't punch Zack Ryder back. Besides, the whole heat-of-the-moment kiss with Eve was taken right out of a soap opera. WWE, you need new writers.
I don't know why, but I'm not buying into this feud. This is just going to lead to Kane getting completely dominated by Cena on Sunday.
3. The Chris Jericho-CM Punk feud still hasn't properly kickstarted yet. I'm still waiting for a proper one-on-one mic battle between those two.
Though the whole Elimination Chamber debate was a unique and innovative thing, it didn't serve any purpose. Kofi said he isn't the underdog, Punk talked about how he'll win at the Chamber no matter what, Ziggler continued to show off, The Miz nearly screwed up one of his lines, while R-Truth managed to relate Spider Stew with winning the title at the PPV.
The only person who talked about the actual match was Jericho, backing it up with a few really great facts about his past records in the evil structure.
The three matches that took place between the participants all saw clean victories by CM Punk, R-Truth and Chris Jericho over The Miz, Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston, respectively. This obviously means that the WWE wants to show us that only one of those three have an actual chance of winning the Chamber match.
An R-Truth win would make less sense than any of his promos, so it's down to Punk and Jericho, which we already know. So all the matches were practically pointless and basically fillers.
4. The one match from SmackDown! featured Randy Orton vs. The Big Show. Apart from the botched RKO attempt, I liked the way the match spanned out and ended, with Bryan looking strong. That's the way you book a match when you don't want any of your top faces to lose.
5. Frankly, I was a bit disappointed with the Shawn Michaels-Triple H segment. Something was missing—it just didn't seem good enough. Additionally, the Undertaker's physical absence is plain annoying. The video package was good, but just imagine how much better would it have been if The Undertaker had interrupted HHH-HBK.
Overall, it was a decent Raw. I'll give it a 7.5 rating. It could have been much better, but it succeeded in building the hype for the Elimination Chamber event on Sunday.
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